In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, year after year, the whole purpose and point seems to become lost and buried under the never ending laundry list of things to do. Instead of celebrating the season, I find myself "failing" each day.....falling from "the list", not being able to find that perfect gift, not getting the cleaning done, not getting the holiday baking done, and never being able to decorate just right. There is always too much to do, too little time to do it in, and never enough time or energy to focus on priorities.
That's all just WRONG.
So, to help start this year's season off right, Pam and I took the kids to a wonderful Advent preparation evening at church tonight. It began with a simple soup supper, with plenty of tasty, homemade soups and breads, and of course dessert. We were entertained with a small but meaningful "Bustle of Christmas" skit, portraying the frazzled-ness we all put ourselves through every year. This was quickly followed by the touching music of Carol Zimmerman (who my mom, Pam, Mary, and her mom also had the pleasure of enjoying earlier this week at the Women's Holiday Dessert) who sang beautiful seasonal compositions of her own, to help us put our focus where it needs to be during this special season.....on our Heavenly Father up above, and to all our loved ones here on earth.
Once our hearts and minds were settled in their correct places, we participated in some meaningful family craft projects. The kids and I made a beautiful Advent wreathe for our home while Grandma took the very wriggly and loud baby for a walk. Then Grandma helped the kids collect Advent boxes which we will get to open every day in December until the day we celebrate the birth of dear baby Jesus.
I'm not sure how much the kids were influenced by this evening...but I know they had a lot of fun. I know Pam and I really appreciated the sentiments and break from the craziness the world spins on this most precious time of year. And I hope that this is just the beginning of taking the steps of not only "making spirits bright", but making spirits "right" as well.